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Bonnie

Lover of tea. Crazed Bibliophile. Daydreamer.
I have a ridiculous love for the written word. I read anything and everything: Adult fiction, YA, Middle Grade, even the occasional Non-Fiction.

When I'm not reading I'm caring for my step-children, drinking obscene amounts of tea and contemplating what life will be like in the impending apocalypse.

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of February 10th, 2020

February 10, 2020 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 0 Comments

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Week of February 10th, 2020

And I Do Not Forgive You: Stories and Other Revenges by Amber Sparks
Expected publication: February 11th 2020 by Liveright

A Witch in Time by Constance Sayers
Expected publication: February 11th 2020 by Redhook

The Boatman’s Daughter by Andy Davidson
Expected publication: February 11th 2020 by MCD x FSG Originals

The Unwilling by Kelly Braffet
Expected publication: February 11th 2020 by MIRA

Daughter from the Dark by Marina Dyachenko & Sergey Dyachenko
Expected publication: February 11th 2020 by Harper Voyager

The Unspoken Name (The Serpent Gates #1) by A.K. Larkwood
Expected publication: February 11th 2020 by Tor Books

The Bear by Andrew Krivak
Expected publication: February 11th 2020 by Bellevue Literary Press

Stormsong (The Kingston Cycle #2) by C.L. Polk
Expected publication: February 11th 2020 by Tor.com

The Chill: A Novel by Scott Carson
Expected publication: February 11th 2020 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books

Dead to Her by Sarah Pinborough
Expected publication: February 11th 2020 by William Morrow

The Only Child by Mi-ae Seo
Expected publication: February 11th 2020 by Ecco

Ghosts of the Missing by Kathleen Donohoe
Expected publication: February 11th 2020 by Mariner Books

The Burn (Betty Rhyzyk #2) by Kathleen Kent
Expected publication: February 11th 2020 by Mulholland Books

Hangman (Fawkes and Baxter #2) by Daniel Cole
Expected publication: February 11th 2020 by Ecco

The Absolution: A Thriller (Children’s House #3) by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir
Expected publication: February 11th 2020 by Minotaur Books

All the Best Lies (Ellery Hathaway #3) by Joanna Schaffhausen
Expected publication: February 11th 2020 by Minotaur Books

Eden Mine: A Novel by S.M. Hulse
Expected publication: February 11th 2020 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

The King at the Edge of the World by Arthur Phillips
Expected publication: February 11th 2020 by Random House

The Illness Lesson by Clare Beams
Expected publication: February 11th 2020 by Doubleday Books

The Borgia Confessions by Alyssa Palombo
Expected publication: February 11th 2020 by St. Martin’s Griffin

The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
Expected publication: February 11th 2020 by Little, Brown and Company

The Queen’s Fortune: A Novel of Desiree, Napoleon, and the Dynasty That Outlasted the Empire by Allison Pataki
Expected publication: February 11th 2020 by Ballantine Books

Mercy House by Alena Dillon
Expected publication: February 11th 2020 by William Morrow Paperbacks

The American Fiancée by Éric Dupont
Expected publication: February 11th 2020 by HarperVia

The Snow Collectors by Tina May Hall
Expected publication: February 12th 2020 by Dzanc Books

The Women in Black: A Novel by Madeleine St. John
Expected publication: February 11th 2020 by Scribner

Love, Unscripted by Owen Nicholls
Expected publication: February 11th 2020 by Ballantine Books

Been There, Married That by Gigi Levangie Grazer
Expected publication: February 11th 2020 by St. Martin’s Press

Our Stop by Laura Jane Williams
Expected publication: February 11th 2020 by Avon

Postscript (P.S. I Love You #2) by Cecelia Ahern
Expected publication: February 11th 2020 by Grand Central Publishing

Sisters by Choice (Blackberry Island #4) by Susan Mallery
Expected publication: February 11th 2020 by MIRA

The Weekend Wedding Assistant by Rachel Gladstone
Expected publication: February 11th 2020 by Turner

Weather by Jenny Offill
Expected publication: February 11th 2020 by Knopf Publishing Group

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of February 3rd, 2020

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Week of February 3rd, 2020

The King of Crows (The Diviners #4) by Libba Bray
Expected publication: February 4th 2020 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

A Blight of Blackwings (Seven Kennings #2) by Kevin Hearne
Expected publication: February 4th 2020 by Del Rey Books

Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey
Expected publication: February 4th 2020 by Tor.com

Age of Death (The Legends of the First Empire #5) by Michael J. Sullivan
Expected publication: February 4th 2020 by Grim Oak Press

The Firmament of Flame (The Universe After #3) by Drew Williams
Expected publication: February 4th 2020 by Tor Books

A Conjuring of Assassins (Chimera #2) by Cate Glass
Expected publication: February 4th 2020 by Tor Books

A Heart of Blood and Ashes (A Gathering of Dragons #1) by Milla Vane
Expected publication: February 4th 2020 by Berkley Books

The Resisters by Gish Jen
Expected publication: February 4th 2020 by Knopf Publishing Group

The Regrets by Amy Bonnaffons
Expected publication: February 4th 2020 by Little, Brown and Company

The Puzzler’s War (The Tarakan Chronicles #2) by Eyal Kless
Expected publication: February 4th 2020 by Harper Voyager

Mazes of Power (The Broken Trust #1) by Juliette Wade
Expected publication: February 4th 2020 by DAW

The Last Day by Andrew Hunter Murray
Expected publication: February 4th 2020 by Dutton Books

Alone in the Wild (Rockton #5) by Kelley Armstrong
Expected publication: February 4th 2020 by Minotaur Books

Behind Every Lie by Christina McDonald
Expected publication: February 4th 2020 by Gallery Books

A Cold Trail (Tracy Crosswhite #7) by Robert Dugoni
Expected publication: February 4th 2020 by Thomas & Mercer

Golden in Death (In Death #50) by J.D. Robb
Expected publication: February 4th 2020 by St. Martin’s Press

The Museum of Desire (Alex Delaware #35) by Jonathan Kellerman
Expected publication: February 4th 2020 by Ballantine Books

Crooked River (Pendergast #19) by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
Expected publication: February 4th 2020 by Grand Central Publishing

The Third to Die (Mobile Response Team #1) by Allison Brennan
Expected publication: February 4th 2020 by MIRA

A Divided Loyalty (Inspector Ian Rutledge #22) by Charles Todd
Expected publication: February 4th 2020 by William Morrow / HarperCollins Publishers

Perfect Little Children by Sophie Hannah
Expected publication: February 4th 2020 by William Morrow

Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line by Deepa Anappara
Expected publication: February 4th 2020 by Random House

The Coldest Warrior: A Novel by Paul Vidich
Expected publication: February 4th 2020 by Pegasus Books

The Light After the War: A Novel by Anita Abriel
Expected publication: February 4th 2020 by Atria Books

Things in Jars: A Novel by Jess Kidd
Expected publication: February 4th 2020 by Atria Books

Independence Square by A.D. Miller
Expected publication: February 4th 2020 by Pegasus Books

Minor Dramas & Other Catastrophes by Kathleen West
Expected publication: February 4th 2020 by Berkley

The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa
Expected publication: February 4th 2020 by Avon

The Jetsetters by Amanda Eyre Ward
Expected publication: February 4th 2020 by Ballantine Books

The Kissing Game by Marie Harte
Expected publication: February 4th 2020 by Sourcebooks Casablanca

The Authenticity Project by Clare Pooley
Expected publication: February 4th 2020 by Pamela Dorman Books

A Good Neighborhood by Therese Anne Fowler
Expected publication: February 4th 2020 by St. Martin’s Press

Molly Bit: A Novel by Dan Bevacqua
Expected publication: February 4th 2020 by Simon Schuster

The Misfortunes of Family by Meg Little Reilly
Expected publication: February 4th 2020 by MIRA

The Cactus League: A Novel by Emily Nemens
Expected publication: February 4th 2020 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

The Love Story of Missy Carmichael by Beth Morrey
Expected publication: February 4th 2020 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Vera Violet by Melissa Anne Peterson
Expected publication: February 4th 2020 by Counterpoint Press

Everywhere You Don’t Belong by Gabriel Bump
Expected publication: February 4th 2020 by Algonquin Books

Verge: Stories by Lidia Yuknavitch
Expected publication: February 4th 2020 by Riverhead Books

18 Tiny Deaths: The Untold Story of Frances Glessner Lee and the Invention of Modern Forensics by Bruce Goldfarb
Expected publication: February 4th 2020 by Sourcebooks

The Scientist and the Spy: A True Story of China, the FBI, and Industrial Espionage by Mara Hvistendahl
Expected publication: February 4th 2020 by Riverhead Books

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of January 27th, 2020

January 27, 2020 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 0 Comments

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Week of January 27th, 2020

Prosper’s Demon by K. J. Parker
Expected publication: January 28th 2020 by Tor.com

The Bard’s Blade (The Sorcerer’s Song #1) by Brian D. Anderson
Expected publication: January 28th 2020 by Tor Books

Wicked Bite (Night Rebel #2) by Jeaniene Frost
Expected publication: January 28th 2020 by Avon

Cast in Wisdom (Chronicles of Elantra #15) by Michelle Sagara
Expected publication: January 28th 2020 by MIRA

Highfire by Eoin Colfer
Expected publication: January 28th 2020 by Harper Perennial

The Truants by Kate Weinberg
Expected publication: January 28th 2020 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

The Look-Alike by Erica Spindler
Expected publication: January 28th 2020 by St. Martin’s Press

When You See Me (Detective D.D. Warren #11) by Lisa Gardner
Expected publication: January 28th 2020 by Dutton

The Other People by C.J. Tudor
Expected publication: January 28th 2020 by Ballantine Books

My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell
Expected publication: January 28th 2020 by William Morrow

Holding Smoke (Judah Cannon #3) by Steph Post
Expected publication: January 28th 2020 by Polis Books

The Empty Bed (The Burial Society #2) by Nina Sadowsky
Expected publication: January 28th 2020 by Ballantine Books

A Beautiful Crime by Christopher Bollen
Expected publication: January 28th 2020 by Harper

Hi Five (IQ #4) by Joe Ide
Expected publication: January 28th 2020 by Mulholland Books

Losing You: A Novel by Nicci French
Expected publication: January 28th 2020 by William Morrow Paperbacks

Into the Fire (Orphan X #5) by Gregg Hurwitz
Expected publication: January 28th 2020 by Minotaur Books

Run Me to Earth by Paul Yoon
Expected publication: January 28th 2020 by Simon Schuster

Murder at the Capitol (Lincoln’s White House Mystery #3) by C.M. Gleason
Expected publication: January 28th 2020 by Kensington Publishing Corporation

The Circus by Jonas Karlsson
Expected publication: January 28th 2020 by Hogarth Press

When We Were Vikings by Andrew David MacDonald
Expected publication: January 28th 2020 by Gallery/Scout Press

Blue Flowers by Carola Saavedra
Expected publication: January 28th 2020 by Riverhead Books

Something That May Shock and Discredit You by Daniel Mallory Ortberg
Expected publication: January 28th 2020 by Atria

Marriage on Madison Avenue (Central Park Pact #3) by Lauren Layne
Expected publication: January 28th 2020 by Gallery Books

The Arrangement by Sylvia Day, Minerva Spencer, Kristin Vayden
Expected publication: January 28th 2020 by Kensington

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of January 20th, 2020

January 20, 2020 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 0 Comments

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Week of January 20th, 2020

A Queen in Hiding (The Nine Realms #1) by Sarah Kozloff
Expected publication: January 21st 2020 by Tor Books

The Wagers by Sean Michaels
Expected publication: January 21st 2020 by Tin House Books

Follow Me to Ground by Sue Rainsford
Expected publication: January 21st 2020 by Scribner

Heart of Black Ice (Sister of Darkness: The Nicci Chronicles #4) by Terry Goodkind
Expected publication: January 21st 2020 by Tor Books

The Janes by Louisa Luna
Expected publication: January 21st 2020 by Doubleday

The Majesties by Tiffany Tsao
Expected publication: January 21st 2020 by Atria Books

Bitter Falls (Stillhouse Lake #4) by Rachel Caine
Expected publication: January 21st 2020 by Thomas & Mercer

The Wife and the Widow by Christian White
Expected publication: January 21st 2020 by Minotaur Books

Remembrance by Rita Woods
Expected publication: January 21st 2020 by Forge Books

The Vineyards of Champagne by Juliet Blackwell
Expected publication: January 21st 2020 by Berkley

The Words I Never Wrote by Jane Thynne
Expected publication: January 21st 2020 by Ballantine Books

A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende
Expected publication: January 21st 2020 by Ballantine Books

Heart of Junk: A Novel by Luke Geddes
Expected publication: January 21st 2020 by Simon Schuster

American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins
Expected publication: January 21st 2020 by Flatiron Books

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of January 13th, 2020

January 13, 2020 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 5 Comments

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Week of January 13th, 2020

A Longer Fall (Gunnie Rose #2) by Charlaine Harris
Expected publication: January 14th 2020 by Gallery / Saga Press

The End of the Ocean: A Novel (Klimakvartetten #2) by Maja Lunde
Expected publication: January 14th 2020 by HarperVia

A Beginning at the End by Mike Chen
Expected publication: January 14th 2020 by MIRA

Sweep with Me (Innkeeper Chronicles #5) by Ilona Andrews
Expected publication: January 14th 2020 by NYLA

The Conference of the Birds (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #5) by Ransom Riggs
Expected publication: January 14th 2020 by Dutton Books for Young Readers

Burn the Dark (Malus Domestica #1) by S.A. Hunt
Expected publication: January 14th 2020 by Tor Books

Followers by Megan Angelo
Expected publication: January 14th 2020 by Graydon House

The Better Liar by Tanen Jones
Expected publication: January 14th 2020 by Ballantine Books

How Quickly She Disappears by Raymond Fleischmann
Expected publication: January 14th 2020 by Berkley

The Prized Girl by Amy K. Green
Expected publication: January 14th 2020 by Dutton Books

The Tenant (Werner #1) by Katrine Engberg
Expected publication: January 14th 2020 by Gallery/Scout Press

The Poison Garden by Alex Marwood
Expected publication: January 14th 2020 by Penguin Books

A Good Man by Ani Katz
Expected publication: January 14th 2020 by Penguin Books

Light Changes Everything by Nancy E. Turner
Expected publication: January 14th 2020 by Thomas Dunne Books

The Hollows by Jess Montgomery
Expected publication: January 14th 2020 by Minotaur Books

The Secret Guests by B.W. Black
Expected publication: January 14th 2020 by Henry Holt & Company

All the Ways We Said Goodbye by Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig, Karen White
Expected publication: January 14th 2020 by William Morrow

The Whispers of War by Julia Kelly
Expected publication: January 14th 2020 by Gallery Books

To the Edge of Sorrow by Aharon Appelfeld
Expected publication: January 14th 2020 by Schocken Books Inc

Big Lies in a Small Town by Diane Chamberlain
Expected publication: January 14th 2020 by St. Martin’s Press

Little Gods by Meng Jin
Expected publication: January 14th 2020 by Custom House

We Wish You Luck by Caroline Zancan
Expected publication: January 14th 2020 by Riverhead Books

Saltwater by Jessica Andrews
Expected publication: January 14th 2020 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Love Her or Lose Her (Hot & Hammered #2) by Tessa Bailey
Expected publication: January 14th 2020 by Avon

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Top Ten Tuesday | Most Anticipated of 2020 (First-Half)

January 7, 2020 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 7 Comments

I have been staying on top of the 2020 releases a bit more closely than I typically do, and as such, my not-released shelf is out of control. And there’s SO much good stuff! I had so many I honestly thought I’d be able to break down my most anticipated for the year into quarters, but I restrained myself. It’s just when you pair that with the other various bookish resolutions I tend to make that involve tackling my entire backlist, it just doesn’t seem reasonable that I’m going to be able to read everything. Trying to find the balance between staying on top of the new releases and continuing to chip away at a backlist tbr that you’ll never have enough time to complete is rough. But here are ten being released in the first half of this year that I’m extra excited for.

Bent Heavens by Daniel Kraus | Expected publication: February 25th 2020 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver | Expected publication: March 3rd 2020 by Ballantine Books
In Five Years by Rebecca Serle | Expected publication: March 3rd 2020 by Atria Books
The Return by Rachel Harrison | Expected publication: March 24th 2020 by Berkley
Shorefall (Founders #2) by Robert Jackson Bennett | Expected publication: April 21st 2020 by Del Rey

Hard Cash Valley by Brian Panowich | Expected publication: May 5th 2020 by Minotaur Books
The Down Days: A Novel by Ilze Hugo | Expected publication: May 5th 2020 by Skybound Books
Deal with the Devil (Mercenary Librarians #1) by Kit Rocha | Expected publication: May 12th 2020 by Tor Books
Kingdom of Shadow and Light (Fever #11) by Karen Marie Moning | Expected publication: June 2nd 2020 by Delacorte Press
Dragon Unleashed (Fallen Empire #2) by Grace Draven | Expected publication: June 9th 2020 by Ace

What are you looking forward to most in the next few months?

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of January 6th, 2020

January 6, 2020 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 2 Comments

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Week of January 6th, 2020

Lady Hotspur by Tessa Gratton
Expected publication: January 7th 2020 by Tor Books

Come Tumbling Down (Wayward Children #5) by Seanan McGuire
Expected publication: January 7th 2020 by Tor.com

Qualityland by Marc-Uwe Kling
Expected publication: January 7th 2020 by Grand Central Publishing

The Secret Chapter (The Invisible Library #6) by Genevieve Cogman
Expected publication: January 7th 2020 by Ace Books

Grace Is Gone by Emily Elgar
Expected publication: January 7th 2020 by Harper Paperbacks

In the Shadow of Vesuvius (Lady Emily #14) by Tasha Alexander
Expected publication: January 7th 2020 by Minotaur Books

Mr. Nobody by Catherine Steadman
Expected publication: January 7th 2020 by Ballantine Books

Hindsight (Kendra Michaels #7) by Iris Johansen & Roy Johansen
Expected publication: January 7th 2020 by Grand Central Publishing

Long Bright River by Liz Moore
Expected publication: January 7th 2020 by Riverhead Books

The Widows’ Club by Amanda Brooke
Expected publication: January 9th 2020 by HarperCollins

Westering Women by Sandra Dallas
Expected publication: January 7th 2020 by St. Martin’s Press

Cesare: A Novel of War-Torn Berlin by Jerome Charyn
Expected publication: January 7th 2020 by Bellvue Literary Press

The Girls with No Names: A Novel by Serena Burdick
Expected publication: January 7th 2020 by Harper Paperbacks

Spitfire (A Livy Nash Mystery #1) by M.L. Huie
Expected publication: January 7th 2020 by Crooked Lane Books

House on Endless Waters by Emuna Elon
Expected publication: January 7th 2020 by Atria Books

Lady Clementine by Marie Benedict
Expected publication: January 7th 2020 by Sourcebooks Landmark

Welcome to the Pine Away Motel and Cabins by Katarina Bivald
Expected publication: January 7th 2020 by Sourcebooks Landmark

Moral Compass by Danielle Steel
Expected publication: January 7th 2020 by Delacorte Press

Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
Expected publication: January 7th 2020 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick: Stories from the Harlem Renaissance by Zora Neale Hurston
Expected publication: January 7th 2020 by Amistad

Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano
Expected publication: January 6th 2020 by Dial Press

Creatures: A Novel by Crissy Van Meter
Expected publication: January 7th 2020 by Algonquin Books

The Phantom Prince: My Life with Ted Bundy by Elizabeth Kendall
Expected publication: January 7th 2020 by Abrams Press

The Vanishing (Fogg Lake #1) by Jayne Ann Krentz
Expected publication: January 7th 2020 by Berkley Books

The Little Bookshop on the Seine (The Little Paris Collection #1) by Rebecca Raisin
Expected publication: January 7th 2020 by HQN

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Top Ten Tuesday | Best of 2019

December 31, 2019 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 12 Comments

I always wait until the last possible minute to compile my best-of lists because I’m always holding out hope that I’ll read something truly amazing, possibly on the last day of the year. I’ve still got a handful of books that I hope to complete before the clock strikes midnight but these are the ten I came up with for now. I picked these a little differently this time. Instead of filtering for the highest-rated I chose instead to scroll through my full list and pick the ones that caused immediate remembrance of their brilliance. It’s kind of interesting how a few of these didn’t garner the highest of ratings after completion but still left a major impression on me. In no particular order…

One Day in December by Josie Silver
The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker
Phoenix Falling (Wildlands #5) by Laura Bickle
Like Lions (Bull Mountain #2) by Brian Panowich
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

We Sold Our Souls by Grady Hendrix
Recursion by Blake Crouch
Small Spaces (Small Spaces #1) by Katherine Arden
Evil Has A Name: The Untold Story of the Golden State Killer Investigation by Paul Holes
It’s Okay to Laugh: (Crying Is Cool Too) by Nora McInerny Purmort

What are your favorite reads of the year?

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of December 30th, 2019

December 30, 2019 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 0 Comments

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Week of December 30th, 2019

The Wives by Tarryn Fisher
Expected publication: December 30th 2019 by Graydon House

The Playground by Jane Shemilt
Expected publication: December 30th 2019 by William Morrow Paperbacks

Recipe for a Perfect Wife: A Novel by Karma Brown
Expected publication: December 31st 2019 by Dutton

Husband Material by Emily Belden
Expected publication: December 30th 2019 by Graydon House

Killer High: A History of War in Six Drugs by Peter Andreas
Expected publication: January 2nd 2020 by Oxford University Press, USA

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Rapid Reviews | The Lost Man, Ghoster, To Be Taught, If Fortunate Recipe for a Perfect Wife

December 28, 2019 Bonnie 2019, Adult, Book Reviews, Rapid Fire Reviews 5 Comments

Sometimes review writing is hard. Sometimes you don’t have a lot to say. Sometimes you’re just lazy as fuck. These are Rapid Fire Reviews.

Rapid Reviews | The Lost Man, Ghoster, To Be Taught, If Fortunate Recipe for a Perfect WifeThe Lost Man by Jane Harper
Published by Flatiron Books on February 5, 2019
Pages: 340
Genres: Mystery
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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four-half-stars

Short Summary: The Bright brothers run a large area of land in the Australian outback with hours separating each but when one of the brothers dies under mysterious circumstances, his death brings everyone together to question whether he decided his own fate or if someone else was responsible.

Thoughts: I think I’m finally beginning to understand what makes Jane Harper’s books so special: the setting. The Australian outback is so vibrantly written it becomes something of a character itself. It sounds beautiful and ethereal but I’m not sure you could pay me to venture into that deadly terrain.

Verdict: Harper’s stories always read like a breath of fresh air and it’s rare I continue to stay on top of subsequent releases from any particular author but I’m always eager for more from her.

In a nutshell, GIF style:

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I received this book free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Rapid Reviews | The Lost Man, Ghoster, To Be Taught, If Fortunate Recipe for a Perfect WifeGhoster by Jason Arnopp
Published by Orbit on October 22, 2019
Pages: 496
Genres: Horror
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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three-stars

Short Summary: Kate is moving in with her boyfriend, Scott, but when she shows up in her moving van he’s gone, the house completely empty except for his cell phone. Determined to find him, wanting to know why he’d do this, she starts looking through his phone but the things she finds have her questioning everything.

Thoughts: I wasn’t anticipating the supernatural aspects but it sure did make for a suspenseful, gotta keep flipping the pages to figure out what the heck is going on, and unsettling read.

Verdict: Honestly, I was loving how entertained I was by this one, but the ending was super bizarre and Arnopp went a bit overkill on the “technology is evil message”.

In a nutshell, GIF style:

I received this book free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Rapid Reviews | The Lost Man, Ghoster, To Be Taught, If Fortunate Recipe for a Perfect WifeTo Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers
Published by Harper Voyager on September 3, 2019
Pages: 153
Genres: Sci-fi
Source: Edelweiss
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two-stars

Short Summary: To Be Taught, If Fortunate is a tiny but mighty science fiction story about humans discovering the ability to transform themselves to live on other worlds and about a crew exploring the galaxy learning everything they can to send back home.

Thoughts: Considering this novella was meant to be a letter sent to Earth from the crew, there sure was a lot of rambling and a complete lack of a sense of urgency, and lol if they included the parts about how everyone is sleeping with each other. Honestly, I’m not sure I got it.

Verdict: Becky Chambers is a fantastic writer and her extreme research is evident, unfortunately, this focuses heavily on the scientific aspects of everything (that can be quite confusing at times) and far less so on the characters or even a plot and thus just wasn’t my style.

In a nutshell, GIF style:

I received this book free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Rapid Reviews | The Lost Man, Ghoster, To Be Taught, If Fortunate Recipe for a Perfect WifeRecipe for a Perfect Wife by Karma Brown
Published by Dutton Books on December 31, 2019
Pages: 336
Genres: Historical Fiction
Format: eARC
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two-stars

Short Summary: When Alice and her husband leave New York City to live in the suburbs, she immerses herself in piecing together the life of the woman who lived there before from an old cookbook that was left behind.

Thoughts: The story is told from the viewpoint of Alice in the present day and Nellie, a housewife from the 1950s, but the similarities the author attempted to draw between the two characters were fairly baseless.

Verdict: This story ended up being shockingly dark and while I love a good ambiguous ending, this one leaves you with far more questions and fewer answers.

In a nutshell, GIF style: 

I received this book free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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